Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography [Chester Brown] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A limited-edition reprint of Brown’s celebrated. LOUIS RIEL: A Comic-Strip Biography. Chester Brown, Author. Drawn and Quarterly $ (p) ISBN Chester Brown reinvents the comic book medium to create the critically acclaimed historical biography Louis Riel, winning the Harvey Awards for best writing.

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In other instances, Brown noted where he paid special care to historical details: The story is well paced and flows well. What We Know Now”. Neither Sutherland [another casualty] nor Parisien died immediately.

It biograph is not an academic read on Louis Riel; moreover it’s not childsplay either. Oct 18, Michael rated it it was ok. He uses rigid formalism and minimalism each page is a 2 x 3 panel grid with wide margins and gutters; the characters’ faces are often blank and comic-stgip to heighten both the humor and the heartbreak of this desperate, small-scale rebellion. Unusual for comics of the time, it includes a full scholarly apparatus: Jul 31, Sam Quixote rated it liked it.

To comment on this title or this review, send mail to cm umanitoba. Mar 29, Stewart Tame rated it liked it. Riel’s “despairs over the decisions he makes” are expressed through pictures, as Brown had come to believe that comic-strrip comics had been too “narration-heavy”.

Chester Brown’s Louis Riel”. Not surprisingly, this request is denied, and the conflict is set in motion that ultimately consumes Riel’s life. From Text to Txting: Dumont enlisted the help of Riel who was then living in Montana. An easy, entertaining, and educational read. The first Vortex issue of Yummy Fur sold well, and Brown quit his day job and began working full-time as a cartoonist.

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Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

He also makes some aesthetic and plot choices, either to simplify the complicated situations four lawyers defending Riel become one, three representatives traveling to meet the Canadian government officials become one, etc. Drawn and Quarterly 7. Riel, Louis, Comic books, strips, etc.

The most affecting of Riel’s situations as depicted by Brown is his first revelation from God as pictured on the cover of this collection. The first being his leadership of what would become Winnipeg, the Red River Settlement, and the establishment of Manitoba.

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Now days is a national hero for Canada, back then an insane. Brown biography of Riel is direct to the point of simplicity and he never really hits the emotional core of his subject who at times seemed to be a politically rile revolutionary and at others to be a self-deluded messianic holy man.

Louis Riel is a fascinating character. Spirale in French Your book is now on my ‘prioritiesed’ shelf Brown originally meant Louis Riel to be published comicc-strip book form, but his publisher, Chris Oliveros, convinced him to serialize it first.

More insidious, however, is the blunt scheming of the Canadian prime minister to force Riel into open rebellion for the sake of some lucrative rail louos.

These along with the bibliography make it a great starting comc-strip to learn about Louis Riel’s tumultuous life and his role q history. Riel is bilingual and becomes a de facto leader for the Red River Settlement, demanding the right for them to govern themselves within Canada. Macdonald takes this as a cue to send two thousand troops to the area. There was no flow, the characters weren’t so much talking to each other as they were relating what happened historically to each lois.

This is the first thing I’ve read by Chester Brown, and I was pretty massively impressed. Very interesting blend between a beautifully drawn comic and historical subject matter. Brown’s research is very extensive, as can be seen by the notes in which he writes how he condensed the story and some of the characters for clarification.


The power of this biography, then, comes from Brown’s choices; like a savvy director, he directs the reader’s gaze to only th I knew nothing of Louis Riel, or any Canadian history for that matter, before reading this, drawn to the series only because of my admiration for Blography Brown’s other work. The whole thing is impressive and compelling and weird.

Jan 21, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: Researching Riel had a significant impact on Brown’s thinking. PaperbackFirst Paperback Editionpages.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He breathes the Holy Spirit into his followers, thereafter known as the Exovedate. Brown does not paint our country’s historical leaders in particularly flattering light.

InBrown published the anti-psychiatry comics essay ” My Mom was a Schizophrenic “, in which he examines society’s role in mental illness, and questions the medical profession’s accepted beliefs about it. The art seems amateurish at first, especially in panels that feature action, like running, but it grows on you, and it definitely does seem like Brown’s imitating predecessors he mentions Lil’ Orphan Annie specifically.

A very good, fast, Sunday morning coffee read A factual, historical comic book about the early days of Canada and the story of Louis Riel.